The worst thing in the world may be…
Rugs and carpet coated with hair, dirt and crumbs on the floor, and children and pets playing around in the mess is enough to drive you crazy
You’re determined to buy a vacuum cleaner. But should you get a bag or bagless model? An upright or canister? Wait, what is a HEPA filter? And which one is best for pet hair or vacuuming the carpet or your car? The choices you’re given while shopping can seem overwhelming.
However, all you may need is a little help. To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best vacuum cleaners for different situations.
best vacuum cleaner 2017
- Size: 15 x 11.4 x 45.5 inches, compact size
- Lift-Away, Press a button to lift the canister away and easily clean hard-to-reach areas.
- Weighs:12.5 pounds, lightweight,16 pounds for average
- Dust storage：0.3 gallons, a little small, average level locates at 0.5 gallons
- Filter：Complete Seal Technology + a HEPA filter, friendly for allergies and asthma patients
- Accessories： Dusting Brush 、 5.5” Crevice Tool 、24” Bonus Crevice Tool（Wide Pet Upholstery Tool, NV353 equip with Pet Power Brush ）
A high suction vacuum cleaner is the most effective way for picking up hair and dirt. The Shark Navigator’s 12-amp motor will shock you with how much dirt your carpet contains.
The ‘Lift-away’ feature, which allows the can to detach from the base, is definitely a genius idea. It makes it easier to clean stairs, blinds, and ceiling cobwebs, and is like buying a canister vacuum and an upright vacuum at the same time.
While the model itself weighs only 12.5 pounds, in ‘Lift-away’ mode it weighs only 8 pounds. This is much lighter than most upright vacuums, and is very convenient to carry.
It also has a handy window at the top so that trouble brewing inside the machine (for example: twisted hair around the brush) can be easily seen.
The swivel joint of the vacuum head is similar to a Dyson vacuum’s design, not quite as good but still functional.
This is one of the highlights of the shark, look at the basic filter, the dirty seems to stand for how well they work. fortunately, these filters are washable. the basic filter is a foam filter and post air return filter is a HEPA filter inside of an egg crate style frame. That is the grille you see on the front, easy to disassemble
This very thorough review found a similar Shark to be sealed pretty well, releasing less than 2,000 particles sized 0.5 microns or larger per cubic foot (0.5 micron is about the size of a single grain of talcum powder).For most people, that’s good enough filtration.
Sharks are easier to manipulate on the carpet and can be pushed farther. If you encounter resistance on thick carpet, there is a switch button on the handle , you can reduce the suction to push smoother While the other more advanced models have an indicator light on the electric brush, when the brush work well, it lights green, if the brush is blocked, it will turn red.
The supplied Dust-Away attachment with the detachable pad is a clever little extra that acts like a Swiffer on steroids.
This is a smaller attachment with a beater bar that is powered by suction. It can remove the pet fur from the furniture, stairs, bedding easily, very suitable for clean cars also.
Overall, the weight and size make it a great choice for carpet.
VACUUM FOR CARPET
1、The model with HEPA filter can conveniently remove dust, allergens, and dirt from the carpet while taking care of the person using the appliance.
2、Height adjustment. It may be a bit difficult to push the vacuum on the carpet, you will need high adjustment and suction control, some advanced models such as Dyson use an indicator to show you if the brush is blocked.
wish you a happy cleaning!
Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Plus – best vacuum under $130
My first vacuum cleaner was a Hoover. My mother probably has it boxed together with other old things in the garage. I can still remember its sound. Old memories aside, I bet you do not know Hover started up businesses in 1908 when they open a small factory in North Canton. Hoover had been selling vacuum cleaners up until the 1930s, but only old-style models until they met a great engineer named Henry Dreyfuss, He completely redesigned the Hoover vacuum and brought innovation to the otherwise common and unattractive models for almost 20 years.They invented the world’s first cylinder cleaner.The world ‘s first handheld vacuum cleaner Dustette.
Hoover has two product lines: Air ( lightweight, vertical cordless model weights less than 10 pounds) and WindTunnel (strong suction).Hoover WindTunnel T-Series First launched in 2009, one of the best-selling Hoover vacuum cleaners for its full functionality.
As seen in the image above, WindTunnel Technology is designed for strong suction. The D-type handle allows you to easily manipulate the device, and thanks to the 27-inch elastic hose you can move freely. With the foot pedal, you can change the working height. The five predetermined values are used to adjust the height of the brush roll to clean different surfaces, from bare floors to thick carpets.
Overall, for a vacuum under $120, Hoover is great. Considering the price, after you buy it you’ll still have some money left in your pocket for a movie night.
Manipulate the vacuum cleaner under the furniture sneak, bypass the obstacle, turn around at the corner… The key of good maneuverability is the swiveling joint between the body and the head. So a good rotating head can rotate easily.
Not sure which vacuum to buy?
Upright vacuums are designed to clean large areas and are mostly used in the UK and US. Canister vacuums are more common in Europe, Russia, and China. Attaching different heads allows you to clean well in different situations. A handheld vacuum’s portability allows you to clean your car, complex furniture pieces, in between sofa cushions, or even clothing.
Your floor is dirty, dirt and bacteria accumulate in the carpet and the corner over time, they get ground into carpet fibers where it all stays until you do something about it.Hardwood, linoleum and tile are no exceptions.
Upright vacuum cleaners are your best options, they are designed to clean large areas of dust and dirt on carpet quickly, also work well on hardwood. With the help of accessories, most of them can clean curtains and upholstered.
Upright vacuum cleaners are usually cheaper than the canister vacuum, and equipped with a wide cleaning swath, but some of them weigh about 18 pounds, in addition to the obstruction of wire , may be difficult to manipulate.
If you have a big house, then the canister cleaner is a good choice, enough to be comparable with the upright in the vacuum performance, but easier to operate, With adjustable length hose, they are flexible enough to clean up and down including stairs, upholstery and curtains.
With a body can be lifted and carry easily is particularly important for a multi-staircase house, In addition, the position of the handle and the length of the hose also affect your working range.Large capacity canister makes you clean the whole house once, but lower the portability, the best canister vacuums can balance both.
The smaller version is coming! They are suitable for short-pile carpets and bare floors; can also be used to clean the car interior space, complex furniture clearance, sofa mats and even clothes. I bet that every family has a narrow space that can not be reached with an upright vacuum cleaner. Such a small size is unlikely to plug into a high-power motor, which suction and garbage capacity are very small.
Like the upright, but lighter, and without the bondage of wire ( thank goodness finally said goodbye to the wire) the biggest advantage is that you can move freely. However, limited by the motor suction, the vacuum performance is not as full-size. mainly used to pick up dust on the surface, and the trash capacity is small, the sound is relatively large
Dyson animal 2 – strong suction for large house
- size: 15.3 x 13.4 x 42.1 inches
- weight :17.4 pounds, pretty heavy
- Dust storage：0.5 gallons ，average level
- Filter：washable HEPA filter, friendly for allergies and asthma patients
- maneuverability：Ball technology
- Accessories：the Tangle-free Turbine tool for pet hair, the combination tool and the stair tool
The suction of this vacuum shocked me at first. It sucked up all the dirt and hair on the carpet and hard floor with only one pass. The Shark doesn’t have that strong suction on the hardwood floor, and sometimes it needed two or more passes to clean the same amount of dirt. The answer to the great suction is the brushless motor, a core patent of Dyson’s, which enhances the motor efficiency by 400%.
In addition, Dyson has an automatic height adjusting head. It can move up and down automatically, unlike the Shark where you have to change from carpet to hard floor manually. All you need to do is close the brush on hardwood floor, because the rotating brush will damage your floor.
The cleaning of carpet does not cause the smell of spreading dust like other vacuum and you won’t sneeze, which is the credit of the HEPA filter. In fact, although most products claim their product equipped with a HEPA filter, Dyson is the first one certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
The noise is reasonable considering its cleaning power. As the high-speed rotation of the brush, the vacuum cleaner is almost automatically self-propelled .but still need some effort to pull back.
Dyson series upright vacuum cleaners are all equipped with the BALL technology, however which was not designed for the vacuum cleaner. In order to increase its maneuverability, Dyson used it on the 2005 DC15 vacuum cleaner. The ball allows you to steer vacuum cleaner without even moving, using just one hand.
The following video can help you understand ball technology.
Filter on vacuum cleaner
If you suffer from allergic, a vacuum cleaner maybe a torture for you, the agitation of rugs and carpets inevitably kicks up dust and other particulates into the air. In that case, choose one with a sealing system and a HEPA filter to ensure the clean air.
Dirt Devil UD20015 – compact size for small apartments
- Suction: Pick up countless dust, bread crumbs and hair from my carpet
- Dust storage：0.55 gallon
- Wire : 25 feet power cord
- Size: 10 x 11.2 x 43.5inch, lowest 31 inches, Can be put under bed
- Weight: 9 pound – Very light, 15 pounds is the average level
- Filters：washable HEPA filter
- Attachment：an Extension Wand, Dusting brush and Crevice tool
- Not self-propelled
I was looking for a small, powerful and cheap vacuum cleaner for my small apartment, and this is exactly what I got from Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner.
The first thing impresses me is how remarkably small this vacuum cleaner is.The canister part hardly even reaches my kneecap!
After 2 weeks of testing, the suction is satisfactory, picking up everything on the floor and leaving no hair on the floor or carpet. I cleaned my sofas and chairs with the crevice tool. Then I could lie peacefully on my floor, without worrying about my shirt getting covered with hair or debris.
We found the lightweight and powerful Dirt Devil vacuum is the best choice for small apartments, dorms, or smaller living spaces. What’s more, its compact design, lightweight body, and size are also impressive. If you lower the retractable handle to 31 inches, it can be easily stored in a small wardrobe or stairwell. It only weighs 9 pounds, so you can hold the handle to clean the ceiling fan and or high picture frames with the crevice tool.
Key point you need to know about suction
The suction refers to the pressure difference produced by the vacuum pump. An ordinary vacuum cleaner’s suction is 20KPa. Higher suction is equal to greater power. However, manufacturers usually only use watts and amps to indicate the input power, but this number also reflects the suction to power to some extent. But cleaning head design, brush mechanisms, and other design elements are more important, something salesmen in Walmart won’t tell you normally.
BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L – lightweight vacuum for car
Most hand-held vacuums have many shortcomings such as weak suction, long charging time, and batteries that run out after only a few minutes. Hanging it on the wall for too long will lead to battery waste. I normally had to use an upright vacuum to clean my car. But recently I decided to try a new model, and fortunately I found a good product.
Compared with the Black & Decker CHV1410 Dustbuster 14, I preferred this one which uses a lithium battery. That means:
- It holds more energy with the same volume.
- The lithium battery has no memory effect.
- It’s non-toxic, unlike nickel-cadmium batteries.
The Dustbuster’s main feature is its portability, as it weighs only 3.8 pounds. With a narrow hole in front of the mouth to create the suction, a small green piece on the end pulls out and extends the Dustbuster, so you can get in places which are hard to reach. The brush allows you to clean spider webs on places like ceiling fans. The Crevice Tool allows you to collect dust under furniture or the interior corner within your car.
Some reviewers have pointed out that you need to place the charger on a horizontal surface and set it on the cradle instead of a ‘snap-in’ type. The charging dock is about the size of a CD, and the device’s intake pipe is oriented at an angle on the dock.
And lastly, don’t forget to keep the filter clean to maintain strong suction.
Vacuum for hard floor
For hardwood floor, a lighter weight is usually required and a switch-on brush will minimize scratches on the floor.
- Suction:5.5 Amps of power, about a half of a normal upright vacuum
- Riser Visor allow you to clean the sides and tops of stairs
- Wire: 20inch, allows me to walk all the way to the top of the stairs, clean up the entire stairs.
- Weight: 4.8 pounds, a little heavy with one hand
- Attachment: Crevice tool
- Overheating if work long hours
- Hair clung on the filter sometimes
- Filter is not washable
There are five members in my family, plus three cats, so fighting to clean up a variety of hair is always a struggle. Eureka really picked up a lot of cat hair, especially under furniture and stairs. You can see it even neatly stacks pet hair in the filter! The bin is front and center, so you can immediately see what you are picking up.
Because of the powerful motor and the extremely compact size, I found that the exhaust is very fierce. All that air must go somewhere! This led to overheating when used for a long time, and it needed time to cool off.
Riser Visor is a genius rotating cover over the brush roll. It stays down to clean the horizontal surface, then flips up so the revolving brush can reach the vertical carpet on stair risers. It also effectively cleaned deep dirt in my car with the gap tools.
vacuum for pet hair
Removing pet hair calls for more than strong suction. You also need a crevice tool and a brush tool designed to handle stubborn material such as hair in the carpet.
BISSELL 9595A – best vacuum under $100
- suction: Innovative brush design and OnePass technology
- Weight:15 pounds, average level
- size:12.5 x 13.5 x 44 inches ,pretty large
- Filter: not washable filter, need to be changed every 3 months
- accessory: TurboBrush Tool, Dusting Brush, Crevice Tool, Extension Wand
BISSELL is one of the global cleaning companies that have stepped in to ensure that cleaning is ABC-easy for you. With more than 138 years of experience, they are indeed a brand that you can trust in the cleaning industry.
If your budget is limited, then this model is the #1 choice for the best vacuum under $100. Although its price is low, the suction is still very strong. OnePass is the BISSELL’s patented technology. In the test we also found that it picks up half of all the debris in the forward motion, and then picked up everything else on the returning motion. By then the floor is 100% clean. The convenience of this powerful technology is the reason they are popular.
BISSELL obviously spent all of their money on the motor, as the design is not so user-friendly. It’s basically a heavy plastic machine, difficult to maneuver around corners without hitting furniture. The handle is not wrapped with rubber, and the height is too low. It may be hard to hold if you’re distracted.
Help and support
Did you know that belts lose tension over time, which reduces the suction? Good warranty and customer service is very important when choosing a vacuum. Most brands provide a 1-5 year warranty.
The indicator clearly tells you when to replace the bag, and the automatic cord rewind collects the cord faster.